Vocal Arrangement (Jazz/Pop)

Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig
In the course Vocal Arrangement (Jazz/Pop) the participant is taught about the very specific specialities of arranging for human voices due to a stylistic approach of pop and jazz as performed in many pop and jazz choirs as well as in vocal groups all over the world. While presenting creative options of reharmonization and a fresh up of general jazz theory at the start of the semester the students learn how to bring typical voicings and genre typical approach into an own vocal arrangement. Also the idea of respecting the purpose of this arrangement (wide range between school choirs or vocal groups as The Swingles) becomes a central topic for the arrangers and their artistic decisions.
The student taking the course should require all necessary skills which are common to be matriculated at a university of music, especially the basic harmonic knowledge of music theory. (Step harmonics, scales, triads) Also it is super helpful if the students are used to several pieces of repertoire of pop-, jazz choirs or state of the art vocal groups.
At the end of the course the students should be capable of writing a vocal arrangement mostly four- or five part using typical sound colours of jazz or pop music and respecting the range of the singers of any estimated vocal cast.

Further information

  • assessment
    Other (elective composition course for jazz/pop course of studies or "Schulmusik" (school music))
  • level
    Intermediate, Advanced
  • Completed Semester
  • How many semesters does the course last?
  • hours per week
    60 minutes
  • Link of the course
  • Target group of course
    Other (Singers, Music Theory students, Instrumentalists of intermediate or advanced level)
  • credits
  • Type of Course
  • Degree Level
    Bachelor, Master
  • e-learning-elements
    We are listing and sight reading to a load of examples for good vocal arrangements
  • Course
  • students #
  • Hours per year
    A Cappella Arranging by Deke Sharon and Dylon Bell Scoring for Voice by Jimmy Joice and more
  • evaluation grid
  • evaluation grid
    and document


Daniel Barke

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Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig



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